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Two major paintings
In the centre of the underground gallery of the Unterlinden Museum, the space just below the small house is lit by natural light. To the right of Théophile Schuler’s painting “Le Char de la Mort” (‘The Chariot of Death’) is “L’enfant Jésus parmi les docteurs” (‘The Child Jesus Among the Doctors’), painted by Georges-Henri Rouault in 1894. A youthful work, imbued with the poetics of Gustave Moreau, whose pupil he was at the time. Rouault is recognised as one of the most important religious painters of the 20th century. In the manner of Rembrandt, he symbolically illuminates a few selected faces and thus provides the key to reading the painting.
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